Posts tagged: De Montfort University

Wednesday 11th February 2004

Another excitng week here in Leicester for my housemates and I, and it is far from over. Who knows what the next few days will bring?

My Guestbook is not live! Sorry to report this. Finally after a good solid few weeks of work, behind the scenes, I am bringing a new feature to my site. This is the first major step forward, since this site was re-developed in October last year. However, there is a PHP problem with my host. Will sort this in when I upgrade my package next week! (I hope!)

The second semester is going well for me. I must admit that having adjusted to the pace of final year modules and coping with a project, I am enjoying my time at De Montfort University. Four years is such a significant amount of time. A new President is elected, the World Cup trophy is contested, and athletes meet to compete in the Olympics. In four years, titles, championships, records are won and lost. But for me, there has been no loss. Of course there are those who will say that I lost a great deal. Over half way through the course, one persons decision, could have had such a strong bearing on the remainder of my time. Time was on my side, and as luck would have it, I paid little price for someone else’s decision. I stand by mine, do you stand by your’s? Even now, at such a date, that brings both memories and pain. Time is perhaps the harshes judge of all.

My housemate is building a super computer. To truly take him to infinity and beyond. The specification is a mouth watering prospect, with the memory and graphics cabability to make Windows excel. I too, am planning on building a super computer this summer. My Mesh Matrix, has been a great servant, for the past five years. Yes it will be five years, on 31st March 1999, my machine was delivered. Oh how sweet the memories are. Since then, it has been shipped to Leicester and back to Wycombe at total of six times. In that time, it has burnt endless amounts of CDs and the only major transplants have been a replacement TDK CyClone, some more memory to beef up the ram from 128mb to 648mb (Ooh yeah!). Also removed the Pioneer DVD-ROM drive. This was to make room for the hard disk drive caddy. All in all, a fantastic machine from an award winning computer firm that have been making PCs since 1987. Until my next PC is born, for now, I will have to enjoy the birth of Paul’s PC. A magnificant experience, to see these mortals hands, give life to such a beast.

Reaching Out To Touch A Stranger
Electric Eyes Are Everywhere
See That Girl
She Knows I’m Watching
She Likes The Way I Stare

If only it was easy to find a positive response to all these feelings I have. I have many regrets, so many that listing them would forever hold me to the injustice, they force upon myself. For once I am not going to let such a trival matter, become a burden upon my conciousness. I am going to act. I would quote from Hamlet, but I feel that would be going too far.

Although I can blame my feelings on ‘human nature’, I know that by not acting, my fate will be once again in my hands rather than the hands of a stranger. Although I try my best to avoid some external intervence, such activity is unavoidable. I will do my utmost best to make it minimal. Third parties can cause confusion and limit my chances of success.

Monday 5th Janurary 2004

Back in Leicester, back to the grindstone. Exams towards the end of the month. Then my final semester, which beats down heavy across the horizon. I know
this will be one of the most hectic periods in my life. Strangely, I’m looking forward to this final lap. Of course, everything will be ‘recorded’ on my blog.

When I was planning this revamp of my website, and ultimately to create a more ‘blog orientated site’ website. The dream was to create a site. Unfortunately, I created this. Max Munton from Leeds created “A Teenager Blogs”. In an alternate reality, it all would have been so different.

Not much else to report I’m afraid. I was hoping to includes several links and thoughts on such worldly issues as Eastenders, the FA Cup and Britney Spears’ marriage but I’m just not in the frame of mind to blog. I think it has now become one of those things, where you need to be in the ‘mood’ to blog. Something has to make such an impact on your life, on your emotions that you need to blog. Once I settle into my revision programme, I will have quite a few things to on my mind, a side from module content to publish on here.

Wednesday 12th November 2003

Middle of the week already, week 7 at University. The time is flying by and I am over half way through the first semester already. Where is the time going?
There was a Graduate Fair at the Walkers Stadium today. In conjunction with both University Of Leicester and De Montfort University, around 20 employees were exhibiting, along with several clinics and workshops during the course of the day. I was looking forward to potential get some contacts for job applications for after graduation. However, the day turned out to be quite a big disappointment. Ignoring the warnings, we went down, early afternoon, hoping to make the most of what firms were there, regardless of the fact that there we no potential IT positions. However, in the end it turned out that the majority of employers were only there to represent their companies, rather than offer potential graduates jobs, advice and direction. Never mind, I made the most of the afternoon and got on with my FYP and other courseworks.

I was having a discussion with my housemate, Nav with regards to blogs and their worthiness. Are they simply self propaganda, for the author, and an example
of the selfish world we live in? Or are they at a much highly level, an insight into the psyche of millions of individuals across the globe. Tapping into a wealth
of information that the world has never known of before. Nav came to the conclusion that it was purely self propaganda, where the individual just wishes to reinforce
their own important and in the process increase their ego, as the visit counter increments! I take the other view that blogs, no matter what their shape or form,
provide a unique insight into the lives of thousands of individuals across the globe, and enables us to communicate in a way, that was never possible before,
by exchanging thoughts!

Was hoping to go to see The Matrix Revolutions, this evening, but the monumental event has been postponed until tomorrow evening. Hope to bring you my thoughts
on the final part of the trilogy on Friday.

Site has been updated on several levels today. I am composing a list of ‘blog’s which I read on a weekly or daily basis. They will be listed on the right hand side, in the Quick Links panel. I was hoping to upload a new Photo Album but there have been problems with the jpg files, so I will do that over the weekend. Links page has been updated.

Not much else to report I’m afraid, very busy with work, but will hopefully add to my blog this coming weekend.

Tuesday 4th November 2003

I was discussing the DMU television commercial with my housemates, and was informed that the University of Warwick has a very similar advert. However, a quick crawl around the web via Google has not provided me with any answers. However, I was able to find a great site which catalogues television commercials from Europe and the US. Visit4info is a great site, as it enable the consumers to give feedback to the advertisers on what we like and don’t like and which advertisements make an impact, and those that do not. Out of sheer curiosity, I went to search for ‘De Montfort University’ and to my surprise, up popped the result for the commercial I was trying to describe yesterday. To view the ad, you need to have Quick Time installed. Click here to view the commercial. Let me know what you think, particularly your views on the ‘other candidates’ and their response to Thompson from De Montfort University. I wonder if I will have a similar experience when going for interviews in the summer?

I have been a member of the DeLorean Owners Club, for over two years and on Sunday, I attend my second show. The Classic Motor Show takes place over the coming weekend, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th November at the NEC Birmingham. I am looking forward to it, and catching up with several friends I made in Belfast in May 2001. I will be taking my digicam, so expect loads of photographs to be uploaded next week.

Monday 3rd November 2003

Weekend flies by and the busy week is upon us, with a blink of eye. Just thought I would make up for yesterday’s poor web blog update and add some more thoughts. I wanted to bring to your attention a link to one of the ‘thinkers’ at my University. I would say, one of the thinkers of our time, but that would just give him further reason to add to his ego. Mr. John Lampier has throughout the journey of my Computer Science course, been the champion of causes, few others would ever consider fighting for. He is on my Computer Ethics module, and has proved himself to be champion, against, an ‘unethical lecturer’. To find out more, click here and enjoy reading his essays on this heated topics.

I am not sure how many of you out there were watching Pop Idol on Saturday evening? Well during one the later breaks, between 19.00 – 19.30, there was an advertisement that captured my attention. A young lady enters the foyer of a large corporation and bumps into someone, falling and losing the portfolio she was carrying. I had seen this all before and was about to take my attention away from the television, when I noticed one of her possessions was a De Montfort University ID card. As she picks up the card, you see her time at university flash her by. The next shot, she is in the lift, and we are back to the present day, as she enters the waiting room, the receptionist asks, “Thomson, I have two Thomson’s on my list, are you the Thomson from De Montfort University?” As she replies, yes, the rest of the interviewees, look to the floor in shame, and one of them leaves. I am not sure exactly how to respond to this. When I was back home, I saw similar commercials for Middlesex University, but none so that caught my imagination in such a way. I suppose, in the past, I haven’t been that proud of my institution, but then perhaps I had reason to be apprehensive. The commercial has provided me with some much needed motivation to make the most of what remains of my time at DMU.

Very busy at the moment with work on my Final Year project. It is week six and I’m half way through the semester already. Two out of three coursework assignments have been released already, so I’m very busy at the moment.

Please report any dead links to me, via e-mail. I have updated the links page. I am working on getting the photograph gallery page uploaded very soon.

Thursday 23rd October 2003

It is rather a shame that I do not update my website more often. I have put myself in the position now, where I have very few excuses. Broadband connection at home, a home network, comprising of three computers. Oh yeah, there is the small question of my University degree. It would be good if I got some work done, after all I have not accumulated all this debt for nothing.

It is four weeks into my the first semester of my Final Year at De Montfort University. You begin to lose focus, and at times hope with the strain that is life. Something is needed to bring you back on track and once again, bring hope to your heart. There are very few things that can occur that can stimulate this change in mood. There are even fewer people on this planet, that are able to bring faith, when all is but lost.

Facing continual adversary, they have been able to stand up for their faith, even though they have tendered never to be far from the spot light. The negativity at times, is far from truth, but when the person believes so much in truth and justice, you can only feel that perhaps life has dealt them a unique gift and a great disadvantage, through no fault of their own.

My feelings were so different a year ago. I remember, the wet October night, the rushed drive to the petrol station. The conversation, which was anything but. Rather a glide through a pre-defined list which you had decided upon long before the phone even rang. It would be the last time I spoke to you, but I was not to know then.
I wasn’t to know that those few words would be last I would hear and subsequently the most easiest to forget. Three weeks later, my feelings of friendship would be destroyed with a barrage of text messages. Even then I didn’t lose hope. The cowardice you showed was unparalleled. For one, who had once shown directness and the ‘right way’, you did everything wrong. If love and affection are words that you still respect, where was the respect for the one who had meant so much. I look back and feel the whole phone call episode was a smokescreen. You had to repay your debt, but I never heard a thank you. Sure, my gesture was far from the biggest, but it was important and I thought it meant something, particular when you do things for the right reasons and for someone else. That all seems a world away from now, and as much as I try to avoid thoughts, images and words of you, they very much remain as I always intended. Beautiful, as indeed my memories shall forever remain.

We all deserve one more chance, and there was only one person I can describe, who can give us, “One More Chance with Love”. Michael Jackson, is releasing a brand new single, written by R. Kelly on Monday 24th November. A month to go, and of course, there is further significance regarding the date, but that isn’t important right now.

I have had my digital camera repaired and will hopefully be uploading new photographs to the website soon. I think I may leave the change, until the next version of this site is live. Then all pictures will be organised, in a easier to use gallery.

Erasure made it to number 13, with their remixed release of Oh L’amour, which I mentioned in my update last week. It was really good to see them back in the top twenty, after all these years in the wilderness. Even better news, was from my favourite song from the last few weeks. Kevin Lyttle, made it to number two, and the second highest new entry of the week, with “Turn Me On”. Fantastic anthem, and very much deserved.

On other fronts, I am still working on my new version of this website. Please bear with me. It is just a case now of transferring and updating various pages onto the new layout, testing a few pages and uploading the entire site.

I have been busy tinkering with my University website. It now has the latest feed for the new live web cam, looking over the Leicester City Campus. That too is going under a minor overhaul, while I update you with information regarding my Final Year Project. Stand by for further information on that over the coming few weeks.

Hopefully, new website should be online over the weekend, if I have the time to sort all the pages out. So prepare yourselves people!

Monday 13th October 2003

The broadband connection finally went live at Sheffield Street, at around 5pm on Wednesday 8th October. Two souls had been waiting patiently, for the big, “switch on”. For one, it would just be a case of normal service resumed, for the other, it would be an brand new experience, unlike no other. Once the configuration had all be set correctly, thanks to those lovely people down at technical support, we were up and running. I had received an e-mail from my housemate, over six weeks ago and it had suddenly become a reality, “we’ll be setting up a home network and broadband connection, if you are interested…” Of course, I was. The benefits of having an internet connection on your doorstep, are too obvious and dull to waste noting on my blog, but not having to trek to the Queens building just to check my Hotmail, is of immense benefit.

Music wise, I’ve listening to a variety of music over the past two weeks. Of course, Kazaa-Lite was downloaded, before I had a chance to breathe, and eMule followed quite swiftly behind. A song, I had heard several times, during Fresher’s week, was known to me only by the title, “Turn Me On”. I was soon informed, by my dear friend Sippy, that the artist was Kevin Lyttle, with the help of Alison Hinds. I downloaded about four different versions of the song, by 5.15pm. The song is released today and it is hoped that it makes the top ten. In total, I’ve downloaded some twenty songs and four albums since the broadband pipe went ‘live’ and the downloading continues…

Audio page updated to reflect the changes to my music database.

Erasure, whom I mentioned in my blog, early last year around 19th January, are releasing a single this week. Well I should be clear and declare, re-releasing, but “Oh L’amour” has been remixed and rehashed for a modern pop audience. To date, I have not heard it played on the radio. To be honest, I have not been listening to that much commercial / music orientated radio stations in the past few weeks. The only time I would do such a thing, was if I was commuting some 600 miles a week. (I don’t think so…!) I am looking forward to seeing how well the electronic duo, do on Sunday in the Top 40.

Some of my dreams lately have been edging on the level of completely bizarre. I’m not sure if my new surrounding have anything to do with my dreams, but the content has been extremely peculiar. Mixed up images of friends from primary school, people I hadn’t seen in over ten years, and strange meetings with the Terminator. Not sure what has been happening. Maybe my diet has something to do with?

England played with great resilience in Istanbul at the weekend. As always, when in mattered, they put in the performance to answer their doubters and prove that England are still a force to be reckoned with on the international stage. Hopefully, all the uncertainty regarded Sven can be discarded and the Swede, left to make plans for Portugal, 2004. I’m looking forward to the tournament, as always, they come at a crucial point in my academic life:

  • SATs – Euro ’96
  • GSCEs – France ’98
  • A Levels – Euro 2000
  • Finals – Euro 2004
  • I’ve quickly adjusted back to University life and am enjoying being back in Leicester. Of course, I miss home, High Wycombe does tend to hold some happy memories for me, and as much I miss my family and friends, I know there is a job to complete here. The culmination of four years of good work, needs to be seen through to the end and I’m not going to start letting people down, as perhaps, I have done in the past.

    Friday 19th September 2003

    I moved into my student house, in Leicester on Monday morning. It was a struggle against time to get all my bits and pieces sorted, packed and loaded into my car for the journey up to the East Midlands. Leaving early, I made good time on the motorway. Rather than go the conventional route of M40, then M25 and finally M1 northbound, I take a quieter journey to the city. My taking the M40 northbound and taking the junction 15 exit, I head onto the A46. This goes around the outskirts of Coventry. I then pick up the M69, directly into Leicester. The journey, allows you to make excellent time and also the A-roads break the two large motorway junks into more manageable pieces. I made great time, having left High Wycombe at 8am, I was in Leicester just before 9.30am.

    I spend the rest of the day, organizing my room and getting a feeling for my new surroundings. This will be what I call home for the next nine months or so. It is great to be back in Leicester. Although, there are still many students to come back, it does feel strange but I’m trying my best to switch back into student mode.

    I was adjusting back to all the local radio stations in the area and life without all my favourite London based radio stations. However, it was 11pm and Late Night Love was on Leicester Sound, (part of The Mix Radio Network) and as I turned the volume up, a familiar song filled my room. Human Nature by Michael Jackson, I was back in Leicester and the final part of my journey has began!

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